Once More With Feeling

Season 6 Episode #7
Overall Episode #107; Original air date November 6, 2001
Written, Directed & Composed by Joss Whedon.

Slay Me - episode rating
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You know, you've got a willing slave. And you just love to play the thought that you might misbehave. But till you do, I'm telling you stop visiting my grave. And let me rest in peace. -Spike singing to Buffy

The Story:
- - Going Through The Motions - -
A demon, named Sweet, is summonded to Sunnydale who then forces all the town's residents to reveal their true emotions and feeling through song and dance. At first living in a Broadway play seems fun, a little eerie with all that cheery singing and dancing though. When some combusted bodies are found and thoughts, which people (under normal circumstances) would have kept hidden, are revealed things start getting serious. Sweet's minions kidnap Dawn to be his bride, believing she is the one who summoned him. Tara finds out that Willow's been controlling her mind with spells. Buffy goes to save her sister, and Sweet makes her reveal to her friends that she was in Heaven. Spike saves Buffy from Sweet and Xander admits that he was the one who summoned the demon. After stirring up everyone's emotions Sweet leaves Sunnydale giving the Scoobies a bittersweet victory.

Say What? - quote of the week ... More Quotes
Spike: Life's not a song. Life isn't bliss. Life is just this. It's living. You'll get along. The pain that you feel. You only can heal by living. You have to go on living, so one of us is living.
Dawn: The hardest thing in this world is to live in it.

Slayage - 7 - 3 vampires (2 staked and 1 killed with sword) and 1 demon stabbed during Buffy's opening song. Buffy also killed all 3 of Sweet's minions during her final song with a pool cue.

Body Count - 1 - Tap dancer outside the Bronze at the end of the first act, by Sweet.

Credits - the cast: *Sarah Michelle Gellar - Buffy Summers; *Nicholas Brendon - Xander Harris; *Alyson Hannigan - Willow Rosenberg; *James Marsters - Spike; *Emma Caufield - Anya; *Michelle Trachtenberg - Dawn Summers; Anthony Stewart Head - Rupert Giles; Hinton Battle - Sweet; Amber Benson - Tara Maclay; Marti Noxon - Parking ticket woman; David Fury - Mustard man; Daniel Weaver - Handsome Young Man; Scot Zeller - Henchman; Zachary Woodlee - Demon/Henchman; Timothy Anderson - Henchman; Alex Estronei - Henchman; Matt Sims - College Guy #1; Hunter Cochrane - College Guy #2.

Rock On - Soundtrack: All songs written by Joss Whedon & preformed by cast of Buffy and Christophe Beck titles of the songs are as follows: Overture/Going Through the Motions; I've Got a Theory/Bunnies/If We're Together; The Mustard; Under Your Spell; I'll Never Tell; Parking Ticket; Broomdance; Rest in Peace; Dawn's Lament; Ballad; What You Feel; Standing; Under Your Spell/Standing(reprise); Walk Through the Fire; Something to Sing About; What You Feel(reprise); Where Do We Go From Here; Coda(when Buffy & Spike kiss).

Awesome!! - don't miss these highlights
** Look for more angel imagery surrounding Buffy. At the end of her opening song, Going Through The Motions, the dust of the last vampire she staked gives her wings. Also, throughout her last song Something to Sing About several circular objects behind her head at the Bronze serve as halos.
** Buffy's slow motion tumbling during Giles's song Standing.
** The Spike/Buffy kiss as the curtain falls.

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